A Brief History of the Brain →
(via Instapaper) The idea that interested me most in this piece is the trade-off between the advantages of better cognitive power and its energy cost. So many organisms get by just fine without a central nervous system, using lower-tech chemical or electrical exchanges — the plasmids and biofilm web of bacteria colonies come to mind. Central neuronic hubs, of which the brain is the...
Agile Focus » Blog Archive » Agile’s Second... →
(via Instapaper) Since I have read Kent Beck’s Extreme Programming Explained, I have done all I could to integrate agile approaches to software development in my own work. I started out with simple things, such as TDD, which has helped tremendously with making my projects easier to maintain. With TDD projects, I am never scared of rewriting whole parts of some project in an attempt to...
Happy Nerds - Programming Links for Kids →
I love programming as a hobby as much as a professional activity, and I remember I got into it when I was quite young. My first contact was with the ugly macro language of Lotus 1-2-3: there were nerds, and then there was silly me. Anyway, now I’ve got sons that are 5 and 3 years old, and I really want to share my passion for programming as soon as they can make some sense of the keyboard,...
Who Discovered The Earth is Round? [Starts With A... →
Review of "Awk One-Liners Explained," by Peteris...
A history lesson As a target for writing code, the UNIX software ecosystem is strangely fascinating. Among its features, one standout is its reliance on text as a basic information storage unit. This sentence looks dumb out of context, because of course. But in the age of rich media and omnipresent design, the simplicity of carrying information on text alone is refreshing, comforting in its...
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